LOST HIKER IN MORONGO VALLEY RESCUED BY HELICOPTER

A lost hiker was rescued by a Sheriff’s helicopter crew Saturday night in Morongo Valley. Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo said Bonnie Smith, 65, from Riverside county had been hiking in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Saturday afternoon with two bottles of water. Family and friends reported her missing to the Bureau

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PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID MCCHESNEY OFFERS MORE PHOTO CLASSES

Noted local photographer David McChesney will offer two more photography classes in Morongo Valley. The April 25 and May 2 classes will focus on bird life in Covington Park. Managing editor Tami Roleff talked with McChesney about the classes, who says a lot of birds and bird behaviors will be

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FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN MORONGO BASIN

The third Monday of April is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, April

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO SELL ADS ON FIRE ENGINES

The Morongo Valley CSD Board is taking steps to get their strained finances straightened out. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said that includes selling advertising on fire engines… Following a recent wakeup call from LAFCO that the Morongo Valley Community Services District get its financial house in order or risk dissolution, the

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of April is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, April

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MORONGO VALLEY HOME BURNS TO THE GROUND LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Morongo Valley firefighters were called to a suspicious fire late last night that burned a home to the ground. According to Fire Captain Jeff Rarey, a resident in the 51400 block of 29 Palms Highway heard a loud boom about 11:30 p.m., and then about 10 minutes later saw flames

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GROVE’S THEATER ANNOUNCES CAST OF “THE WEIR”

The delightfully intimate Grove’s Cabin Theater in Morongo Valley has announced casting for their next production. Reporter Rebecca Haveley has the cast for “the Weir”… The Groves Cabin Theatre of Morongo Valley announces the cast of its next offering, “The Weir,” by Conor McPherson, directed by Karl Weimer. Ghostly tales

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD MEETS TONIGHT IN FULL SESSION

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the full agenda ranges from a line of credit to the possible censure of a director… At tonight’s regular 7:00 meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, directors will consider several items of new business, including possible extension

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VEHICLE FIRE BLOCKS THE EASTBOUND MORONGO GRADE YESTERDAY

A vehicle fire on the Morongo Grade Monday evening closed the eastbound lanes. Witnesses said a pick-up truck pulling a fifth wheel motor home going up the grade caught fire about 5:00 p.m. The truck was fully involved in flames by the time firefighters arrived. Fire and emergency vehicles blocked

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MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT

A Morongo Valley woman was arrested early Sunday morning after a police chase from Morongo Valley to Desert Hot Springs. Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost said deputies responded to a family dispute in the 8700 block of Ramona Trail in Morongo Valley about 3 a.m. As deputies arrived, Catherine Engebretson, 38,

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD IN SPECIAL BUDGET SESSION TOMORROW

The Morongo Valley CSD Board will meet in a special session tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us why… The Morongo Valley Community Services District will hold a special meeting this Saturday at 9 a.m. The workshop meeting will focus on the coming fiscal year’s budget including presentation of a preliminary

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ART EXHIBITS IN MORONGO VALLEY, JOSHUA TREE, AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

A new exhibit by a former Joshua Tree National Park artist-in-residence is now on display at the park’s visitor center in Joshua Tree. Olivia Parkes was artist-in-residence at Joshua Tree National Park in March-April 2014. This spring, she returned to Joshua Tree for a residency at BoxoHouse, where she expanded

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SCULPTOR AT MORONGO VALLEY WEDNESDAY LUNCH PROGRAM

The Morongo Valley Wednesday lunch program will feature a sculptor tomorrow. Managing editor Tami Roleff gets out her brown bag… Artist and sculptor Dan Redmon will be the featured speaker at Morongo Valley’s Lunch in the Park tomorrow, April 1, starting at noon. Redmon will discuss the snake he recently

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFERS LOW-COST PET SERVICES

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in April for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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BOTANIST FEATURED IN MORONGO VALLEY’S “LUNCH IN THE PARK”

“Lunch in the Park” in Morongo Valley will feature a well-known local botanist. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… Well-known local botanist Robin Kobaly will be the guest speaker Wednesday for Lunch in the Park in Morongo Valley. Kobaly will be speaking on “magical mesquite” starting at noon. Every

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MORONGO VALLEY BURRITO BREAKFAST BENEFITS FIRE ENGINE FUND

The Morongo Valley Firefighters’ Auxiliary will hold a burrito breakfast fundraiser Saturday, March 21. The fundraiser will include breakfast of burritos filled with eggs, potatoes, cheese, meat or veggie sausage; an art show by the Art Colony of Morongo Valley, and raffles. Breakfast is from 8 to 11 and is

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks’ the agenda…..

At tonight’s 7 o’clock meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District directors will consider several items of new business including a wood chipper ownership agreement between the District and the Fire Safe Council,

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YUCCA MESA STRUCTURE FIRE SENDS UP LARGE PLUME OF SMOKE

Yucca Mesa and Joshua Tree firefighters, along with a water tender from Morongo Valley, were called to a structure fire about 6 p.m. Thursday. The 1,200 square-foot triple-wide mobile home was in a remote area on Ducor Avenue, off Security Drive just east of Yucca Mesa Road, on the border

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ONE ARREST AFTER A MORONGO VALLEY BURGLARY

A Morongo Valley man was arrested late Monday night after a neighbor saw him burglarizing a home. According to a Sheriff’s report, about noon on Monday, a neighbor in the 11600 block of Rosewood Avenue in Morongo Valley saw a man, later identified as Anthony Canales, 57, climbing over a

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of March is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, March

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